- 1grasp, carry, or support with one's arms or hands
- 2keep or detain (someone)
- 3have in one's possession
Using hold: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hold" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
She was holding a large package.
The police held him for questioning.
I'm holding your keys for you.
hold Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using hold
I need to get hold of a copy of that book.
I had to hold my tongue during the argument.
The new policy is starting to take hold.
Phrases with hold
Hold on, I'll be right back.
The traffic is holding us up.
He had to hold back his tears.
Origins of hold
Old English 'healdan', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch 'houden' and German 'halten'
Summary: hold in Brief
The verb 'hold' [hoʊld] means to grasp, carry, or support with one's arms or hands, to keep or detain someone, or to have in one's possession. It can be used in phrases like 'hold on,' meaning wait a moment, and idioms like 'get hold of,' meaning to obtain something. 'Hold' also has formal synonyms like 'grasp' and 'possess,' and informal synonyms like 'grab' and 'keep.'